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ARB Newsclips for August 26, 2016. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CAP AND TRADE Energy minister not worried by low demand in cap-and-trade auction. Auctions in a cap-and-trade market that Ontario is set to join sold just a fraction of its allowances for the second time in a row, but the environment minister insists it doesn't spell trouble for the province. Only 35 per cent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in California and Quebec's latest joint auction… http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/energy-minister-not-worried-by-low-demand-in-cap-and-trade-auction-1.3044480 AIR POLLUTION Pollution study reveals impacts of terminal congestion on air quality. This entry was posted in News on August 25, 2016 by Source: Port of LB. Although pollution around the Port of Long Beach has been cut in the last decade, a recent study shows that lingering effects from ships at anchor in early 2015 impacted air quality last year. http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=31664 Study finds in-cabin particulate pollution up to 40% higher in traffic jams or at red lights. A new study by a team at the University of Surrey has found that particulate pollution levels inside cars are up to 40% higher when the vehicle is stuck in a traffic jam or stopped at a red traffic light compared to free-flowing traffic conditions. The study, published as an open access paper in the RSC journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts… http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/08/20160826-surrey.html CLIMATE CHANGE Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii. President Obama created the largest protected area on the planet Friday, by expanding a national marine monument off the coast of his native Hawaii to encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea. The move, which more than quadruples the size of the Papahānaumokuākea (pronounced “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”) Marine National Monument… https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-create-the-largest-protected-place-on-the-planet-off-hawaii/2016/08/25/54ecb632-6aec-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/08/26/obama-to-expand-hawaii-marine-reserve?videoId=369673729&newsChannel=politicsNews http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0826/Obama-caps-off-conservation-legacy-with-record-size-marine-sanctuary Climate change taking toll on American pika’s Western lands. Populations of a small rabbit-like animal known as the American pika are vanishing in many mountainous areas of the West as climate change alters its habitat, according to findings of a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The range for the mountain-dwelling herbivore is decreasing in southern Utah, northeastern California… http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20160826/climate-change-taking-toll-on-american-pikas-western-lands Listening to the sound of climate change. Bernardo Bastién's latest musical composition is a computer-generated string of sharp pings and beeps. But the notes aren't random — they're a representation of climate change. Bastién, a 25-year-old climate modeler and researcher based in Mexico City, has found a way to combine his work… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/26/stories/1060042071 Scientists use hunters' knowledge to understand a warming ecosystem. Henry Huntington, an Alaska-based independent researcher, sat at a table with a group of elders in 1995 to talk about beluga whales — a threatened Arctic species graced with a perpetually beatific expression. The elders spoke instead of beavers, which, they said, were thriving and damming more streams. Huntington was puzzled. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/26/stories/1060042097 SENATE BILL 32 California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts. California will extend its landmark climate change legislation to 2030, a move that climate specialists say solidifies the state’s role as a leader in the effort to curb heat-trapping emissions. Lawmakers have passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to sign, bills requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/us/californias-emissions-goal-is-a-milestone-on-climate-efforts.html?_r=1&utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=f4e3b4a240-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-f4e3b4a240-327747457 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/08/25/New-laws-aim-to-slash-carbon-emissions-in-California-to-pre-1990-levels/9301472155239/?spt=rrs&or=6 http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20160825/california-lawmakers-approve-extension-of-climate-change-law http://www.hybridcars.com/california-gov-jerry-brown-expected-to-sign-nations-toughest-carbon-emissions-rules/ http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/california-emissions-standards-will-get-even-tighter Manufacturers Fear Impact of New Emissions Target. The passage this week of Senate Bill 32 to implement stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards creates uncertainty for businesses and may lead to more businesses leaving California, said Dorothy Rothrock, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. That organization, along with other business groups and the oil industry, has opposed the bill… http://labusinessjournal.com/news/2016/aug/25/manufacturers-fear-impact-new-emissions-target/ DROUGHT California drought reducing beach bacteria. Reduced runoff has meant fewer health advisories, data show. California’s record-setting drought might be making area waters less prone to bacteria, according to government data. The Environmental Protection Agency monitors the nation’s beaches for various indicators that indicate contamination. In 2015, there were 762 beach closures for San Diego County’s 46 beaches. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/aug/26/beach-closure-data-health/ California farmers turn to sewers for water. California's prolonged drought is forcing Central Valley farmers to scramble for water to irrigate crops. They have to be creative. One agency is even turning to a sewage plant to meet demand. Just outside Modesto, farming communities like Patterson are facing a crisis. http://abc7news.com/news/california-farmers-turn-to-sewers-for-water/1484923/ FUELS Oil companies raising California gasoline prices. Continued local refinery issues and higher oil prices have pushed up pump prices throughout California over the past week after more than a month of declines, according to price surveys Friday. “The Valero Wilmington refinery is reportedly experiencing some issues, which has tightened up the Southern California gasoline supply,”… http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=31135 Greens sue Obama to stop fossil fuel production on federal land. A pair of environmental groups is suing the Obama administration to try to stop oil and natural gas production on federal lands. The lawsuit filed Thursday by WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility seeks to block drilling on nearly 380,000 acres of public lands that were leased to oil and gas companies since 2015. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/293371-greens-sue-obama-to-stop-fossil-fuel-production-on-federal-land?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=f4e3b4a240-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-f4e3b4a240-327747457 Scientists Discover New Technique to Convert Emissions into Energy-Rich Fuel Using Silicon. Annually, humans cause the discharge of around 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, resulting in advancement of global warming and climate change, which will ultimately lead to the extinction of the human race. A team of scientists from the University of Toronto have discovered a solution to curb the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere. http://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=23604 VEHICLES Do All-Electric Vehicle Ranges Exceed Those Of Some Gasoline-Powered Vehicles? (Chart). Do the ranges of some consumer all-electric vehicles now exceed the ranges of some consumer internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles? That’s the question explored by a recent post by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, one that revealed that some all-electric vehicles (EVs) are indeed now… http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/26/electric-vehicle-ranges-exceed-gasoline-powered-vehicles-chart/ PG&E may build nation's largest deployment of EV charging spots. The biggest utility in California will soon learn whether it can install as many as 7,600 electric vehicle charging stations, a controversial plan that would be the single largest deployment of plug-in spots in the country. Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s proposal would have ratepayers foot the $160 million cost. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/26/stories/1060042082 VW RECALL Volkswagen settles with dealers over emissions scandal. Volkswagen and 650 of its dealers announced Thursday that they have agreed to settle a court case filed by dealers seeking compensation for losses caused by the carmaker's diesel-emissions scandal. The auto manufacturer said in a statement that it "has agreed to make cash payments and provide additional benefits to the dealers to resolve alleged past… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/08/25/volkswagen-settles-with-dealers-over-emissions-scandal/ http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKCN1101RS http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-vw-dealers--20160825-snap-story.html http://www.businessinsider.com/volkswagen-settles-us-dealers-emissions-cheating-scandal-2016-8 http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/25/491400452/volkswagen-has-tentative-deal-to-compensate-u-s-dealers-in-emissions-scandal http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/vw-pay-dealers-1-2-billion-diesel-scandal-n637886 GREEN ENERGY World’s 200-Year Energy Demand Boom Seen Peaking by the 2050s. Global energy demand has been growing at a breakneck pace since the 19th century. That’ll change in about 40 years, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Demand will peak in the 2050s and then begin to weaken as energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product declines, Bernstein analysts including Neil Beveridge said in a note Aug. 26. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-26/world-s-200-year-energy-demand-boom-seen-peaking-by-the-2050s California Blocks Huge Solar Power Plant To Protect Sheep. San Bernardino officials blocked a solar power plant from being built in the Mojave Desert, because they were concerned that it would inconvenience sheep. Officials backed environmentalist claims the power plant was one of the “nation’s worst renewable energy proposals” for reducing the habitat of bighorn sheep. http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/26/california-blocks-huge-solar-power-plant-to-protect-sheep/#ixzz4ISeXXOM5 MISCELLANEOUS GOP wants seat at the table to oversee state air board. The California Air Resources Board has been the target of stinging criticism from Democratic legislators — in increasingly pointed rhetoric of race and class — but Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes wants to make sure the minority party also has a role in keeping tabs on the agency. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/ OPINIONS How Will a Clinton or Trump White House Affect Renewable Energy? Renewable energy has made significant inroads into the U.S. energy system and even in the era of low fossil fuel prices, costs for solar and wind installations are down dramatically. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the solar industry trade group, costs to install solar panels fell by more than 70 percent over… http://money.usnews.com/investing/articles/2016-08-25/how-will-a-clinton-or-trump-white-house-affect-renewable-energy Deadly flooding in West Virginia had another cause beyond global warming. The Aug. 23 editorial “Extraordinary floods become more ordinary” was right concerning the recent disaster in Louisiana. But there was a flooding disaster in West Virginia in late June. It was the third-deadliest flooding in West Virginia’s history, devastating several counties, taking 23 lives and destroying homes… https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/deadly-flooding-in-west-virginia-had-another-cause-beyond-global-warming/2016/08/25/c5ad851e-6974-11e6-91cb-ecb5418830e9_story.html?utm_term=.efb0b40d35fe After a long road, a change in the air. For decades, California legislators and policymakers have been grappling with our collective energy consumption and its fallout, to the consternation of major corporations that produce and depend upon fossil fuel. More often than not, the industry has blocked the requirements, as happened last year when oil interests defeated the provision… http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article98027882.html#storylink=cpy New EPA rules on truck emissions should reduce fuel costs and pollution. The following editorial ran in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 18: Urgent action is needed to try to stanch the damage from the burning of fossil fuels, and the difficulty of doing so does not make the task any less urgent. The Obama administration took a good step forward [Aug. 16] in ordering a 25 percent reduction over 10 years in carbon emissions… http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn06/new-epa-rules-on-truck-emissions-should-reduce-fuel-costs-and-pollution-20160826 MEDIA MONITORING ON SB 32 AND AB 197 KPCC TV: http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=6460&DateTime=8%2F25%2F2016+7%3A06%3A02+AM&Term=Air+Resources+Board&PlayClip=TRUE CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO – Sacramento: http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=6670&DateTime=8%2F25%2F2016+9%3A08%3A46+AM&Term=california+air+resources+board&PlayClip=TRUE KQED-FM (Radio) - San Francisco, CA: http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=6495&DateTime=8%2F25%2F2016+10%3A04%3A56+AM&Term=Air+Resources+Board&PlayClip=TRUE KCRW-FM (Radio) - Los Angeles, CA: http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=6725&DateTime=8%2F25%2F2016+7%3A16%3A08+PM&Term=california+air+resources+board&PlayClip=TRUE BLOGS Wind power keeps the lights on and lowers costs. Wind energy is an increasingly important, reliable and affordable part of America’s electricity mix, despite the misleading claims in Ryan Yonk and Arthur Wardle’s Aug. 19 commentary. Yonk and Wardle are exactly right that the strongest energy system is comprised of a diversity of sources. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/293399-wind-power-keeps-the-lights-on-and-lowers-costs California's carbon market is a big success. Here are the facts. A decade ago, critics of California’s ambitious climate policies grimly described the kind of disastrous economy they said would follow. Skeptics have also tried to dismiss the state’s whole cap-and-trade program because demand for credits sold on the combined California-Quebec carbon market slowed this year. https://www.edf.org/blog/2016/08/26/californias-carbon-market-big-success-here-are-facts New Transportation Funding Plan: A Hot Mess, With Some Active Transp $. After several weeks of rumors, legislative leaders of the Special Session on Transportation and Infrastructure have released their proposal for a funding plan that shows how much compromise it can take to get an agreement. The bill, S.B. X1-1 and A.B. X1-26, is co-authored by Senator Jim Beall (D-Campbell)… http://cal.streetsblog.org/2016/08/25/new-transportation-funding-plan-a-hot-mess-with-some-active-transp/ California Doubles Down on Its Green Economy, But Kicks Cap-and-Trade Down the Road. California doubled down on its green economy Wednesday as the legislature passed a pair of bills that set ambitious new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new goals are being hailed by environmentalists for providing the certainty needed to ramp up clean-tech investment. http://capitalandmain.com/california-doubles-down-on-its-green-economy-but-kicks-cap-and-trade-down-the-road-0826 Cap and trade auction suffers low demand again. Should Ontario worry? Only 35 per cent of available carbon pollution credits were sold in California and Quebec’s latest joint auction – Ontario will join the market next year. Auctions in a cap-and-trade market that Ontario is set to join sold just a fraction of its allowances for the second time in a row, but the environment minister insists it doesn’t spell trouble for the province. http://www.macleans.ca/news/cap-and-trade-auction-suffers-low-demand-again-should-ontario-worry/ Here’s a way to make it easier to sue climate polluters in court. Can climate change victims sue climate polluters and win? They haven’t been successful thus far. Suits decided in federal courts in the U.S. in recent years have failed. But some legal experts think they could fare better in state courts. Attorney Matt Pawa represented the Alaskan town of Kivalina in a lawsuit it filed in federal court in 2008. http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-a-way-to-make-it-easier-to-sue-climate-polluters-in-court/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.